Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 17:14 UTC, submitted by orfanum
Geek stuff, sci-fi... A detailed simulation of a small region of a brain built molecule by molecule has been constructed and has recreated experimental results from real brains. The "Blue Brain" has been put in a virtual body, and observing it gives the first indications of the molecular and neural basis of thought and memory. Scaling the simulation to the human brain is only a matter of money, says the project's head. The work was presented at the European Future Technologies meeting in Prague.
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RE: Ethics
by CapEnt on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 20:39 UTC in reply to "Ethics"
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Just suspend the software until the technology matures enough to create a body for it. Technically, the "being" will remain alive.

We can stop and resume a software executing inside a conventional computing environment, unlike a human brain or even general biological functions (yet).

But shutdown, with loss of all information, a self-aware virtual personality should be a crime.

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